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A handsome men's portfolio, it belonged to J.B. Royer, Quai de Bethune No. 6, whose name and address are stamped in gilt on the inner flap. It originates from Parisian estate and dates towards 1880.
Red morocco leather was a much favored material in 19th century decorative accessories. The rich red hue which retained it's divine color so well was used in the production men's accessories and leather bound books.
A small portfolio, it was design to hold important papers and was most likely used by a barrister. There is a small notebook (lined in green silk on the exterior pages) at the center interior which has blank pages (edges are gilded) and still bears a shop etiquette ticket ( Sohier Papetier, Rue des 2 Ponts Ile St. Louis, Paris ). The pocket which bears the stamped name has an opening flap which threads through a band. It is lined in green silk. The rear pocket is leather with a green silk flap and interior. There is a place to hold a pencil at the interior spine.
It measures: 8 1/4" x 5 5/8" x 1/4" thick. It is in very good antique condition: very light scratching to the cover typical with age and use. The green silk remarkably shows little wear, the pages are blank, the color of the leather is bright and fresh.
It is a beautiful historical accessory, with provenance of the original shop, and the gentleman who bought it.
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Antique Nineteenth Century French Leather Portefeuille
$275 USD SALE PENDING
Fine French Small Antiques; Gilded Bronze, Objets of Vertu, Antique Books, Napoleon III, Porte Montre, Cast Bronze